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Welcome to the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin

The Loyola Institute at Trinity College is dedicated to education and research in theology in the broad Catholic tradition. Our central concern is the creative intersection of theology, Church and society. We welcome students from a diversity of backgrounds and interests from across the world – as part of Erasmus and other international programmes – to join us for a term or an academic year.

Theology is a fascinating and vital subject that challenges students to reflect critically about God, human existence, the world we live in and the role of religion in our lives. The Catholic theological tradition has been shaped by some of the greatest minds and movements, globally. It has influenced culture, art, literature and ethics in western thought for centuries.
The study of theology challenges students to think critically and holistically across a wide range of disciplines. It encourages students to think for themselves about the big questions of today and it enables them to be at the cutting edge in contemporary engagement with these issues.

Download the Loyola Institute International brochure here

M Ayers

The Loyola Institute was incredibly welcoming when I studied there for my year abroad. The small class sizes along with the high level of instruction and commitment on the part of the lecturers are two points that really set the department apart. I particularly liked the module on Theological Anthropology. The class explores so many facets of the subject and really provides the student an opportunity to delve deeper into what they find particularly appealing.“
Megan M. Ayers, Yale, Connecticut, USA  

Benefits of studying Theology at Loyola Institute

At the Loyola Institute at Trinity you will find a lively and welcoming community. Our small classes offer ample opportunity for questions, vibrant discussion and acquiring the skills of debate and discussion. Consistent tutorial support provides you with ready access to guidance and advice during your time here.


Trinity is home to the Book of Kells and among the modules we offer is a special study of its marvels from a theological perspective. More generally our modules seek to pay particular attention to cultural expressions of Christianity through the ages – Art / Architecture / Literature / Film. CTS also draws on its location in the heart of Dublin, offering the opportunity to visit and learn from significant international collections such as the Chester Beatty Library and the National Museum of Ireland, as well as field-trips to places of historic and theological importance such as Clonmacnoise.


The Loyola Institute regularly hosts major international speakers who are world leaders in their fields. Students are encouraged to attend these events.
Loyola’s lecturers have worked internationally in universities such as Yale, Edinburgh and Cambridge. They are regular contributors to the media and also sit on the boards of various educational and not-for-profit organisations.

Benefits of studying Theology in Trinity College Dublin

With a world ranking for International Outlook of no. 27 announced in March, Trinity is one of the most international universities worldwide (Times Higher Education, World University Rankings 2018). Trinity is also the highest ranked university in Ireland. For more information visit the Global Relations website - International Students Page.

Module offerings

  • Biblical studies  
  • Theological ethics
  • Theological Anthropology ( examines aspects of being human, as a Christian, today)
  • Introduction to philosophy
  • Liturgical theology
  • Christianity and Europe through the ages
  • Systematic theology
  • The Book of Kells – examined from a theological perspective

Check our Course Handbook (Draft) at for further details.



Visiting Students - Erasmus Programme

The Erasmus Programme enables students across Europe to study at another European university as part of their university degree. Trinity College Dublin has been involved in the Erasmus Programme since its inception in 1987 and continues to play an active and positive role in the Programme. We hope that you will choose to study at Trinity College Dublin as an Erasmus student and we look forward to welcoming you to our historic campus for a truly rewarding experience! Trinity is over 420 years old and is situated in the centre of Dublin, Ireland's capital city.

Studying at Trinity under the Erasmus Programme is dependent on an exchange agreement existing between your home university and Trinity College. You should check with your Erasmus Coordinator or with the International Office in your home university to see if an exchange agreement exists. At present Trinity College has exchange agreements with over 130 institutions and these can be viewed here.